In Brief: Co-Cathedral to host Christmas concert; MLK Jr. Mass set for Jan. 20, 2019; World Youth Day - Houston celebrations to coincide with Panama events

December 11, 2018

Co-Cathedral hosts Dec. 19 Christmas concert

HOUSTON — Catholics across the Archdiocese are invited to attend a Christmas concert featuring the Cor Jesu and Schola Cantorum choirs of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at the downtown co-cathedral, located at 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston, on Dec. 19. at 7:30 p.m.

The two choirs will be under the direction of Crista Miller and Patrick Schneider and will perform works including Johann S. Bach’s cantata BWV 61; Gutierrez Hidalgo’s Magnificat from a manuscript discovered in Bogotá’s cathedral in Colombia; and excerpts from Mozart’s Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will also include crowd-favorite Christmas carols and hymns, featuring the Co-Cathedral’s Brass.

For more information, call 713-659-1561 or visit 

Archdiocesan Mass celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

HOUSTON — The Archdiocese will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remember his call to achieve peace through service to one another at its annual Mass at 3 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2019, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy., in downtown Houston.

Catholics from all 10 counties of the Archdiocese will celebrate King’s legacy at the 34th annual Archdiocesan Mass honoring his birthday, which will be celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as principal celebrant and Deacon Phillip Jackson of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church as homilist.

A reception will follow in the Cathedral Centre. 

Houston World Youth Day celebrations set for Jan. 26 to 27

HOUSTON — When Pope Francis arrives in Panama for World Youth Day in January, young people 18 to 39 in Houston are invited to make a spiritual pilgrimage at the same time during two celebrations at St. Jerome Catholic Church, located at 8825 Kempwood Dr. in Houston.

Hosted by the Office of Young Adults and Campus Ministry, the two-day event includes relics of several saints, English and Spanish workshops, multicultural music, overnight exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation, food and more.

While the overnight vigil is free, the Jan. 26 World Youth Day - Houston event requires $20 registration, which includes programming, dinner and a T-shirt. Walk-up registration available. To register, or for more information, including dates and times, visit †

Register for Steps for Students

HOUSTON — More than 12,000 participants are expected to gather downtown on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for the 14th Annual Steps for Students 5K Run/Walk. The event raises funds and awareness for the network of 59 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
The day starts with Mass at 6:30 a.m. followed by the presentation of the David Guite Spirit Award. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will bless everyone present just before the 5K race begins at 8 a.m.; a post-race party will follow the event. To register, or for more information, visit